Early medical abortion in Cairns, Queensland: July 2006 - April 2007

de Costa, Caroline M., Russell, Darren B., de Costa, Naomi R., Carrette, Michael, and McNamee, Heather M. (2007) Early medical abortion in Cairns, Queensland: July 2006 - April 2007. Medical Journal of Australia, 187 (3). pp. 171-173.

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Abstract

* Mifepristone (RU486), which is used for early medical abortion, can only be obtained in Australia under the Authorised Prescriber legislation (Section 19[5] of the Therapeutic Goods Act 1989 [Cwlth]); two of the authors have permission to obtain, prescribe and administer this drug in Cairns, Queensland.

* From July 2006 to April 2007, 10 women who fulfilled the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) criteria of “life-threatening or otherwise serious” indications underwent medical abortion with mifepristone/misoprostol, and 12 women conforming with abortion requirements of Queensland law, but not TGA legislation for mifepristone administration, had medical abortions with the less preferable methotrexate/misoprostol combination.

* Although it is now more than a year since the cross-party vote in federal Parliament in February 2006 confirmed wide support for the right of Australian women to a medical abortion, we believe we are at present the only medical practitioners in Australia with permission to use mifepristone.

* Obtaining Authorised Prescriber status from the TGA is of necessity a complex and protracted process, involving ethics committee approval and auditing, and regular reporting to the TGA.

* Because of the current restrictions, we believe that women seeking medical abortion in Australia face barriers not experienced by women in other comparable countries, and that drug manufacturing and distributing companies may be discouraged from seeking to market mifepristone in Australia.

Item ID: 2240
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: mifepristone; pregnancy; abortifacient agents, steriodal
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Reproduced with permission from the Medical Journal of Australia.

de Costa, Caroline M., Russell, Darren B., de Costa, Naomi R., Carrette, Michael, and McNamee, Heather M. (2007) Early medical abortion in Cairns, Queensland: July 2006 - April 2007. Medical Journal of Australia, 187 (3). pp. 171-173.

ISSN: 1326-5377
Date Deposited: 27 May 2009 23:02
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111402 Obstetrics and Gynaecology @ 70%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration @ 30%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920114 Reproductive System and Disorders @ 34%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920507 Womens Health @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Inequalities @ 33%
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